Experts believe that the augmented and virtual reality markets will continue to expand at a rate of more than twelve percent per year, reaching a projected total of $192 billion (in 2021). However, with the recent growth of augmented reality and virtual reality, there is frequently much confusion as to how these two different concepts actually differ. Augmented reality is the use of technology to overlay digital information onto real-life scenes. For instance, you may have seen augmented reality in popular video games such as Pokemon. In these video games, you can virtually examine a particular in the wild to determine its status, as well as what attack it would use next. As you can imagine, the technology allows for a level of accuracy that goes beyond mere guessing.
On the other hand, virtual reality is more advanced. Rather than using video games or cameras, this type of technology creates an environment in which you can virtually step into another person’s world. For instance, if you have never visited your dentist before, you can use your PC or headset to examine a digital representation of a dentist’s office. If you are in the dentist’s chair talking to him or her, you would be able to feel what their hands are feeling. This allows you to better understand what they are telling you and why they are telling you what they are saying. Virtual reality uses sound, graphics, movement and other aspects of the real world around you to create an experience that simulates the real world around you.
Although it is very interesting and promising new technologies, it is still a long way off from replacing real world interactions. One challenge to the use of augmented reality and virtual reality in the healthcare industry is that not all patients are comfortable or capable of interacting with technology. There are many who are uncomfortable with having their bodies displayed on a screen or computer monitor. Some cannot fathom how their bodies can be put in a situation where they have to make immediate decisions about their health.
But there are also many medical professionals who believe that by putting patients at ease, doctors can treat them better and be more efficient. By allowing patients to explore their everyday lives in an actual environment, they are able to explore their fears and help themselves relax. By allowing them to enter these virtual environments at their own pace, they are less likely to feel intimidated or anxious in real time. In addition, virtual environments are much less stressful for the patient, allowing him or her to focus better and have a greater understanding of what he or she is experiencing.
Augmented reality has already found its way into our everyday lives. Thanks to the advent of smartphones and mobile apps, augmented reality has taken hold of the smart phone. This enables us to take all of our existing photo albums on the go, access information from the internet, check out a map while on the run or access the phone’s GPS features on the fly. There are also several companies which are currently working on creating augmented reality applications for our smartphones. They are trying to combine the real world and the virtual world using innovative hardware, lenses and screens that interpret the images that we see through them, as well as the user interface that we are comfortable with.
Even though there are many applications for augmented reality currently being developed, the most common use for these high-tech devices is in enterprise settings. Companies such as Google, Microsoft and Cisco are investing heavily in the technology to allow businesses to leverage the technological power of the cloud to boost their productivity and efficiency. Google’s Project Glass is an exciting example of how augmented reality could be used in the workplace. Not only does it allow people in the office to see the information displayed on a computer monitor through our eyes, but it also allows us to virtually walk around the office and see the sights and sounds around us.
This type of technology has a lot of advantages over other similar technologies such as projectors or smartphones. For example, by using AR technology on smartphones, users are restricted to viewing the scene through the lens of the device. However, with the use of headsets the ability to manipulate the virtual world is literally at our fingertips. This makes it possible to create a more meaningful work environment, where employees can be more mobile and more interactive with the content that they are presented with. In addition to all of this, the devices that work with augmented reality systems are much lighter and more compact than traditional computers. This enables organizations to save a lot of money by not having to buy new smartphones or other devices.
The possibilities are literally endless with this new type of technology. In the future it is likely that this form of telemedicine will become the wave of the future for surgeries and all medical procedures. In fact, some companies are already using augmented reality technology to train their medical staff to give the most accurate, comprehensive care available. The advancements in this field have already benefited patients and doctors alike, making it one of the most advanced medical practices in the world today.